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Dana Farber BL3

Overview of Services


The Dana-Farber Biocontainment Core Facility supports researchers whose experiments require a Biosafety Level 2+ (BL2+) containment level. The Biocontainment core adheres to Biosafety Level 3 (BL3) practices. Protective apparel, equipment, and other materials are provided by the core.


Two core facilities are available - one is located at the Jimmy Fund building at Dana Farber; the second at The Center for Life Science, 3 Blackfan Circle.  Authorized core users may access both facilities.


Use of the facility is limited to researchers who receive training in BL3 procedures, and comply with authorized user requirements.


Training is provided by the Biosafety Officer, Core Manager, and authorized users.


Equipment includes:


  • Biosafety cabinets
  • CO2 incubators
  • Refrigerators
  • Benchtop centrifuges
  • Microfuges
  • Water baths
  • Microscopes
  • 1 x FACSCanto II
  • 2 x autoclaves
  • 2 x ultracentrifuges in Class 1 biosafety cabinets
  • 4x minus 80 freezers
  • 1 x minus 140 freezers
  • 2 x liquid nitrogen freezers
  • 2 x luminometers
  • 2 x fluorescent microscopes with cameras
  • Nexcelom cell counter
  • Room 720C - JF (Shared Room)


Getting Started


 If you would like to gain access to the Biocontainment Core, please login and open the tab labeled "Apply for BL3 Access" and click on "Initiate Request".


If you do not have an iLab account, please click here (




Core Manager: Denise Pearson


Phone: 617-632-3377

Pager: DFCI 49281


Biosafety Officer: Karen Byers


Phone: 617-632-3890

Pager: DFCI 49477



Location and Hours of Operation


Hours Location

24-7 Once access has been granted

Jimmy Fund and Center for Life Science


Application Process and Signup



Name Role Phone Email Location
Denise Pearson
Core Manager